Day 304 of Firsts: Ride an Electric Bike

30 Oct

The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man.  Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish.  Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.  ~Iris Murdoch, The Red and the Green

This was such a cool experience. What’s an electric bike? Well, it’s a bike you pedal but it gives you a boost from a battery. 

The best way to explain it is you can pedal up a very steep hill effortlessly. Your doing something but you’ve got help.

Philly Electric Wheels is the only distributor of electric bikes I know of in the area.  The owner, Afshin Kaighobady, lets you give it a try for a free. You can also rent these bikes by the hour, day or weekend.

Check out our little ride. We were coming up a huge hill at the end and didn’t break a sweat. (Of course you can break a sweat if you want. Just turn down the “help”).

The bike I was riding costs about two-thousand dollars. Still, if you’ve been thinking about using your car less, you’re the outdoor type, and you just want to go greener, this is a great way to go.

Some of the electric bikes have a throttle on them and you can ride them like a motorized scooter. I tried one. It was great until I forgot to let go of the throttle as I was getting off the bike. Oops. Sorry no video. Got a few little bumps and bruises. Driver error.  But what a ride.

The next bike I buy sometime in my life will be an electric bike.

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One Response to “Day 304 of Firsts: Ride an Electric Bike”

  1. Ashley November 2, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    Glad you got to try out an electric bike! They are a ton of fun and practical! If you are going to be looking into purchasing an electric bike, you should check out the Pedego. Their website is http://www.pedego.com .

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